- Paperback: 287 pages
- Publisher: Life Cycle Books, Ltd. (November 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0919225195
- ISBN-13: 978-0919225190
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives
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Top Customer Reviews
Brennan's commentary on the "semantic gymnastics" by which some people have dehumanized others is sharp, though pedants like myself would enjoy several hundred pages asking whether semantic corruption precedes mass oppression, or merely rationalizes oppressive actions already in progress.
While reading the concluding chapters, I was reminded of Simone Weil's comment that force turns a person into a *thing*, an object, a non-human. Brennan shows us the powerful force of words, those mere utterances that have for too long confined men and women to toil, terror, and death.
This is an eye-opening book and there can be no denying the author's powerful thesis.
Brennan makes his case with clarity. Anyone interested in Right To Life issues will find this book to be a good investment.
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Thoroughly researched going in depth into a subject that many would do well to study. The manipulation of language has been used throughout history to facilitate unspeakable... Read morePublished 14 months ago by John P. Ryan
Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives, by William Brennan, is a book that merits being read by the widest possible audience. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bill Keevers
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